To set the tone for the upcoming year that commemorates the 100th anniversary of Egon Schiele’s death, the Viennese Albertina displays an exhibition of graphics by the artist, on show until 18 June, 2017. It comprises that attracts many viewers. Here is the photo review and impressions of the exhibition featuring some 160 gouaches, drawings and other exhibits.

Albertina offers a large-scale presentation from its own extensive holdings of Schiele’s works. The exhibition offers a unique overview of Shiele's artistic oeuvre from the earliest works by a 16-year draughtsman and watercolorist to the latest pieces by the mature artist. Although, what do we mean when calling him "a mature artist"? Egon Shiele died at the age of 28 years. This age cannot be appropriated as a maturity. However, as an artist, he was certainly a mature one. 

Egon Schiele, Brustbild eines rothaarigen Mädchens (Portrait of a Red-Haired Girl), 1910. Albertina Collections Online.

Among lovers of visual arts, there is no one, perhaps, who is not fond of the Vienna Secession: Klimt, Schiele, Kokoshka, Moser, Kurzweil... Everyone has his/her own "favorites". But it's hard not to agree that Schiele is the most honest person and the least salon painter among them.
Egon Schiele, Nude self-portrait, 1916. Albertina, Vienna

Erotic, frank drawings and paintings by Schiele are difficult to call sensual and languorous. The broken lines of hands and feet, faces-masks, dried naked bodies converse more about suffering and fragility of life than about love and sensuality. Even in Schiele's landscapes, there is loneliness and deafening silence within deserted streets and fields.

Egon Schiele, Lying Half-Naked Woman, 1911. Albertina, Vienna

1.1. Egon Schiele, Nude Self-Portrait, Grimacing, 1910. Albertina, Vienna
1.2. Egon Schiele, The Artist's Mother Sleeping, 1911. Albertina, Vienna
Egon Schiele, Drei Mädchen (Group of Three Girls), 1911. Albertina, Vienna

1.1. Egon Schiele, Portrait study of Friederike Maria Beer, 1914. Private collection, Vienna
1.2. Egon Schiele, Female Model in Bright Red Jacket and Pants, 1914. Albertina, Vienna
Egon Schiele, Female Couple, 1915. Albertina, Vienna

Exhibition view, Egon Schiele, 2017. Albertina, Vienna

The exhibition is organized magnificently – drawings and gouaches are accompanied by photographs of the artist and his relatives in different periods of his life.

Left: Egon Schiele as photographed by Anton Josef Trčka

Egon Schiele, Self-Portrait with Peacock Waistcoat, 1911. Ernst Ploil, Vienna

This photograph captured Egon Schiele and Wally Neuzil. She was a model of Klimt ("and, his mistress, apparently," as often added). Schiele reverenced the master. When young Egon asked his teacher if he had a talent, Klimt had looked through his drawings silently, and then answered, "Much, too much!" Klimt acquainted Schiele with the customers and bought his drawings himself. He also introduced models to Egon.
Egon Schiele, Mädchenakt (Nude Girl) 1918/1919. Albertina, Vienna

A unique showpiece always gathers crowds of viewers,
it is Edith Schiele’s evening shoes, 1912.

Edith Schiele’s evening shoes, 1912.
Wiener Werkstätte, print design: "Osterglocken" (Easter Bells) 1910/12. Albertina, Vienna.

Egon Schiele, Seated Woman with Bent Knee, 1917. National Gallery, Prague.

1.1. Egon Schiele, The painter Max Oppenheimer, 1910. Albertina, Vienna
1.2. Egon Schiele, Eduard Kosmack, 1910. Albertina, Vienna
Exhibition view, Egon Schiele, 2017. Albertina, Vienna

Egon Schiele, Nude on Her Stomach, 1917. Albertina, Vienna

"For me, it was a surprise to see the drawings made by Schiele in prison, where he spent 24 days on charges of molesting a minor, as well as drawings made in Český Krumlov, where the Egon Schiele Art Centrum is now open," one of the visitors says.

Exhibition view, Egon Schiele, 2017. Albertina, Vienna

Egon Schiele, Old Houses in Krumau, 1914. Albertina, Vienna.

1.1. Egon Schiele, Seated Female Nude, Elbows Resting on Right Knee, 1914. Albertina, Vienna
1.2. Egon Schiele, Old Houses in Krumau, 1917. Albertina, Vienna

By all rights, after the death of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele was recognized as the Austrian artist number one. An excellent poster of the Viennese "Secession" executed by the artist, and a photograph of Schiele in military uniform during his service are on display in the last rooms.
Egon Schiele, Albert Berger, Plakat der 49. Ausstellung der Secession (Poster for the 49th Exhibition of the Vienna Secession), 1918. Albertina, Vienna

The artist's last words were, "The war is over – and I must go."

Photo review and text written by Eugen Demenjuk.